Last updated: 03:00 PM ET, Tue April 14 2015

IATA Announces New Program to Improve Safety for Smaller Airlines

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | April 14, 2015

IATA Announces New Program to Improve Safety for Smaller Airlines

The focus on safety in the airline industry continues to climb with recent tragedies, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced Tuesday that it had launched the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA).

The ISSA is a voluntary safety audit program created primarily for smaller airlines not eligible for the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) due to operating airplanes with a take-off weight lower than the 12,566-pound (5,700 kg) limit.

While the ISSA is not a substitute for IOSA and is not linked to IATA membership, it is a way for smaller airlines and private charters to ensure their aircrafts are up to the latest in safety standards.

IATA director general and CEO, Tony Tyler, released a statement about the new program:

“There is a clear need to ensure that operators of all types of equipment have robust safety infrastructure in place, validated by an operational safety evaluation. ISSA, which is based on International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) provisions, enables the industry to address the need for a global operational safety standard for operators that are not eligible for IOSA. I am confident that it will deliver a positive safety benefit in the same manner as has IOSA.”

The program was designed to help keep smaller airlines safer by utilizing the IOSA program as the guide. Using IOSA accredited audit organizations to administer the evaluations, officials can ensure planes meet the strict safety standards and provide ways to improve operational and management control systems.

As for airlines with planes over the 12,566-pound limit, they will be eligible for one ISSA assessment before being mandated to go through the IOSA process in order to remain part of the IATA.


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